Update, 5:27 p.m. One suspect “remains at large” after the two-city car chase that resulted in two arrests late Tuesday night, according to Berkeley police.
Sgt. Andrew Frankel gave more details about the initial Regent Street incident, where officers arrived to find “the victim had been hit in the head with a 10-pound piece of concrete causing a laceration.”
The two people arrested in North Oakland were booked on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evasion, a probation violation and possession for sale of narcotics, Frankel said in an email. A third person who’d been in the vehicle fled the scene.
Original story, 8:58 a.m. Sirens wailed through Berkeley late Tuesday night as police chased a vehicle into Oakland after receiving a report of a fight and a robbery attempt.
Officers ultimately arrested two suspects in North Oakland, authorities said. One victim was sent to the hospital with a head injury.
Berkeley police responded to a call about a group fighting and an attempted robbery near Regent Street and Dwight Way at 11:17 p.m., said Lt. Angela Hawk of BPD.
“The suspects fled as officers arrived and were seen getting into a vehicle,” she said in an email around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Police pursued the suspects into Oakland, where they “abandoned the vehicle” near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 54th Street, according to Hawk. BPD detained and later arrested two people. Hawk said she did not have information on the identities of those arrested.
She said one victim sustained a non-life threatening injury to his head and was brought to a hospital. Police are investigating the incident that resulted in the head injury, she said.
Berkeley resident Daniel Singh was driving to Albany when he got caught in the middle of the chase.
He was headed up Dwight when he heard sirens behind him. He pulled over to let the police pass him.
“I literally counted 10 of them going by me at maybe 50 miles per hour,” he said. Once they passed, Singh took a left onto Ellsworth Street, when the fleeing SUV suddenly turned onto the street from Haste, going the wrong direction on the one-way road, he said.
“I thought they were going to hit me head-on,” Singh said. “At the last second they swerved. It knocked off my side mirror.”
He eventually headed toward Albany, feeling shaken.
“My adrenaline was going — it felt like I’d been in an accident,” Singh said.
According to unconfirmed police scanner chatter around midnight Tuesday, police were still pursuing a third suspect after they detained the first two. Berkeleyside has asked BPD for more information.
This story was updated after Berkeleyside spoke to Daniel Singh.